WALTHAM — The Celtics can start finalizing their long-awaited plans for the draft. 

WALTHAM — The Celtics can start finalizing their long-awaited plans for the draft. 

The Celtics will choose third in the annual NBA selection process on June 23. The 76ers will pick first, while the Lakers will pick second. It’s the first time they have chosen third in the draft since 1997 when they took Chauncey Billups out of Colorado. That was followed up by Ron Mercer three picks later in the same draft that Tim Duncan went first. 

This is also the highest the Celtics have drafted since that same draft. The Sixers won the draft and will pick first overall, followed by the Lakers and then Boston. The draft lottery went exactly according to order, first through 14, per the odds going in. 

Isaiah Thomas represented the Celtics in the room, along with owner Wyc Grousbeck, who made his first appearance in the lottery room since 2007 when the Celtics were disappointed with the fifth overall pick, a pick they turned around in a trade with Seattle for Ray Allen. 

The Celtics have had the first overall pick just once in franchise history. With the first overall pick in 1950, they chose Charlie Share out of Bowling Green. 

Only once have the Celtics chosen second overall, taking Len Bias in 1986 behind Brad Daugherty. 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Kelly Olynyk finally had his bothersome right shoulder fixed on Monday.

The Celtics announced Tuesday that the 7-foot forward underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations.

The team also indicated that he will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk finally had his bothersome right shoulder fixed on Monday.

The Celtics announced Tuesday that the 7-foot forward underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations.

The team also indicated that he will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.

Olynyk initially injured the shoulder on Feb. 10 against the Clippers. He missed 14 games before returning for the rest of the season. He re-injured the shoulder in Game 1 against the Hawks and missed Games 2 and 3. He was severely limited in his return to action in Games 4,5 and 6.

Olynyk, who completed his third year with the team, averaged 10.0 points, including shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game during the 2015-16 regular season. At the time of the injury, Olynyk was leading the team in 3-point shooting and his ability to stretch the floor and spread the offense was noticeable when he was not on the court.

Olynyk recorded a season-high 28 points on 11-21 (.524) shooting from the field, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block on Dec. 11 against the Golden State Warriors.

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Mike Petraglia

Duke guard Brandon Ingram (14) is considered one of the top prizes in the NBA draft. (Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports)Break out those good luck charms and invite your best friends over for a party.



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Get ready for an ice-cream headache. 

Courtesy the brains in the Celtics’ front office, all 156 lottery combinations have been revealed on Celtics.com. 

Mar 12, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) dunks the ball in the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Texas A&M Aggies won 71-38. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) is considered by many the top prize in the NBA Draft. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports)

Get ready for an ice-cream headache. 

Courtesy the brains in the Celtics’ front office, all 156 lottery combinations have been revealed on Celtics.com. 

Assistant general manager and team counsel Mike Zarren, with the help of director of basketball analytics David Sparks have released all possible combinations that, if they come up on Tuesday night in New York City, will give the Celtics the top overall pick. 

To keep it as simple as possible, there are 14 teams in the lottery. There are 14 ping pong balls. The process is as follows: Each team is assigned to a particular numbered ball. That process is repeated two more times. Then after the third draw of balls, the order of the lottery is determined by the 11 remained teams in reverse order of overall record finish this past season.

The four steps in this process is called a “four-ball” lottery method. In four-ball lottery, there are 1,001 possible combinations. The NBA has eliminated one of the combos by assigning no team to it, thereby drawing it down to an even 1,000. The Celtics have been assigned 156 possible combinations, giving them a 15.6 percent chance of “winning the lottery” and getting the No. 1 overall pick. 

This is the third-best chance, as the Nets finished with the third-worst record in the NBA. The Sixers, who finished with the worst record (10-72) have been assigned 250 combinations and own the best chance at 25 percent. The Lakers own 199 combinations or a 19.9 percent chance. That covers the first three picks. 

Thanks to Sparks, who did the math, the Celtics can count on a 15.7 percent chance to capture the second pick and a 15.6 percent chance of winning the third pick. Put them together and the Celtics have a 46.9 percent chance of landing in the top three spots. But the bigger number might be 31.3 percent.

Those are the odds that the Celtics wind up with one of the top two picks, ensuring them the chance to draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. They are considered the elite two picks of the draft, even ahead of the likes of Dragan Bender, Jamaal Murray, Jaylen Brown or Buddy Hield. 

The Celtics also own their own pick (No. 23) and Dallas’ picks (No. 16) in the first round.

The odds for the first three picks of the 2016 draft. (Boston Celtics)

The odds for the first three picks of the 2016 draft. (Boston Celtics)

Every possible combination for the 14 lottery teams. (Boston Celtics)

Every possible combination for the 14 lottery teams. (Boston Celtics)

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Mike Petraglia

Now we know where the Celtics will have to travel to see at least one of the blue chip prospects in the upcoming draft.

Jan 26, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge looks on prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 26, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge looks on prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Now we know where the Celtics will have to travel to see at least one of the blue chip prospects in the upcoming draft.

The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy reported Friday afternoon that the team will head to Los Angeles to watch Duke sharpshooter Brandon Ingram. Murphy reports that if the Celtics nab either the No. 1 or 2 spots in the draft in Tuesday’s lottery, that could change.

If they don’t, it’s likely that Ingram’s handlers would prefer the Celtics make the trip out west to his hometown to watch him work out. Ingram and LSU’s Ben Simmons are considered the consensus top two picks in the upcoming draft. 

Several leading prospects for the June 23 draft are in Chicago this week for the NBA draft combine to work out for various teams. In a surprise to absolutely no one, neither Ingram nor Simmons chose to work out as their stock is already high. 

The Celtics are represented there by president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens.

Ainge had indicated last week that he wasn’t sure whether the team would have to travel to see some of the top prospects or whether they would come to them. He hinted that could depend on where the Celtics land in the lottery.

According to Murphy, the Celtics will also be back in Waltham next Wednesday to workout two prospects with local ties, including Maryland guard Jake Layman from Wrentham and North Carolina State forward Malik Abu from Boston.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

It'll be up to (from left) Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck to return the Celtics to glory.</p>
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